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London’s The Daily Mail Calls Zayed International Airport a “Futuristic Masterpiece”

The UK’s most read newspaper called the KPF-designed terminal “an airport like no other,” remarking on the efficiency and amenities, in addition to its postcard-worthy design.

The Daily Mail’s Ted Thornill reviewed Zayed International Airport, which was officially renamed last month. “This is an airport like no other – impressive enough to be a tourist attraction,” he wrote, in response to the Departure Hall, a 50-metre-high, largely column-free space. The terminal’s form is inspired by the undulating sand dunes of the desert and rich geometric patterns of Islamic heritage. Already an icon for the region, the airport was featured in Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One.

In response the article’s title question “Is this the world’s best airport?” Thornill said, “within seconds, before reaching the check-in desks, I conclude that with Terminal A the firm has come up with a near-perfect concept. All airports should be like this.”

While Changi Airport in Singapore, for which KPF is designing the new Terminal 5, was named the World’s Best at the 2023 Skytrax World Airport Awards, Thornill closes the article by saying he would “eat my boarding pass if this sensational Abu Dhabi project doesn’t secure the crown next year.”

Read the full article from The Daily Mail here.